Front-drive mid-sized range developed by Mazda of Hiroshima and sold with new front and rear ends as Fords throughout Asia-Pacific. Mazda Capella (GC)-based range initially had four- and five-door (TX5) sedans at launch, but no station wagon. Worthy and a leap forward from the Taunus (Cortina 80) that it replaced, but perhaps not as fondly remembered. Considered more refined than contemporary Sierra due to newer engineering beneath duller, conservative exterior. New model (GD) in 1987, with wagon for Japan and New Zealand, then carrying on as budget models into 1990s after Mk III (GE) came on stream in 1991. In Japan, wagon stayed on GD (Mk II) platform with cosmetic changes to match newer sedans. This generation replaced the Sierra in South Africa; for most markets, Telstar replaced by Mondeo in late 1990s. Japan had Telstar II, a Telstar with a formal grille for conservative Japanese buyers, from 1994 to 1997. Soldiered on in Japan with a final Capella-based generation (GF platform) from 1997 to 2001, in sedan and wagon forms only, sold briefly alongside Mondeo. Foreshadowed the development process of Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln Zephyr: use of Mazda mid-sized base with Ford bodies.
q.v. Mazda Capella
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